September 26, 2010 12:11:00 AM
Mississippi State University''s Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series will present Rufus Ward Thursday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Atrium of McCool Hall on the Starkville campus. The public is invited to this free presentation; a reception will follow.
Ward of West Point has been active in the fields of history and historic preservation for more than 35 years and is the author of "The Tombigbee River Steamboats: Rollodores, Dead Heads and Sidewheelers," recently released by The History Press.
He has been a contributing author for two other books: "After Removal: The Choctaw in Mississippi" and "By the Flow of the Inland River: A History of Columbus, Mississippi to 1825." Ward has also published numerous journal and magazine articles on Southern history.
An advisor emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, he has been awarded the Calvin Brown Award from the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists, as well as a Resolution of Commendation from the board of trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.